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by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Those who fill their hearts with unkindness can never learn to love God.To grow closer to God, you must be kind and loving to all. Making others happy through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice is a sign of true greatness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The more a person gives generously of himself, to God and to life, the more karmic law supports him in return. Always keep a generous attitude even if you haven’t the financial means to be generous in more material ways.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

Good health results from a strong unobstructed flow of life-force to all areas of the body; illness, moods, apathy—in fact, all negative states—are symptoms of a conflict or blockage of the life-force. One of the great benefits of meditation is a gradual freedom from these conflicts.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

People should look carefully at anything in themselves that they’d rather ignore, things their conscience tells them they ought, or ought not, to do.

An Interview with Nayaswamis Savitri and Sudarshan (Spiritual Development)

When the motor scooter bucked, my body was launched into the air. Witnesses said I did at least one cartwheel, but I only remember a blur. I believe my right leg folded up under me as I hit the pavement with my full body weight. Then I rolled lengthwise several times until I was lying face up on the grass by the roadside.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Are Self-Definitions Holding You Back?

You are not your body, male or female. You are not your personality. The body you take on is just the product of all the things you’ve done and the reactions you’ve had over many lifetimes. These experiences have molded your face, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and have become your self-definitions, but you are none of those things.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Resurrect Your Mind from Mental Laziness

Remember, if you make up your mind that you are going to control your circumstances, your circumstances will adjust themselves accordingly. Friendly success tendencies are ready to help you, depending on your unflinching efforts.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)
God Is the Doer: A Healer’s Journey

Spiritually, the most important attitude for a healer is a constant awareness that God is the source of the healing power. There is also the need for reverent devotion to God and Guru because if you pray and ask the Masters to guide you, they will protect you from all negative influences, especially any tendency to become egoic.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Common Obstacles on the Spiritual Path – How to Transcend Them

Laziness is the inertia that impedes a person’s attempts to progress. He wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Oh, let me lie here just a little longer, before getting up to meditate.” Or he thinks, “It would be good to discipline myself, but let me just wait until tomorrow!”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Strategies for Overcoming Fear

A mental indulgence in fear creates a subconscious fear habit. When something upsetting occurs, the subconscious fear habit asserts itself, magnifying the object of one’s fears.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritual Practices)
Make God More Real in Your Life: Five Key Practices

We are never separate from the Guru, just as we are never separate from God, but we must realize the Guru’s inner presence by opening our hearts to him and asking for his blessings.

An Interview with Brahmacharini Brindey (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)
The Battle to Overcome Addiction – A Devotee’s Journey

When I “came to” I realized to the core of my being that all I needed to do was accept the gift of sobriety and say YES to it and to life, and God would take care of the rest!

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Spiritual Development)

Accept others as they are. Accept life as it is. By learning acceptance, you will learn above all to accept yourself. With acceptance will come forgiveness, and a joyful sense of inner release.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

As we contemplate the rays of Dwapara Yuga, it should be clear that love alone will help us fully to absorb their beneficial energies.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

It’s people who make communities, and more than that, it’s people in tune with a state of divine consciousness. This state of consciousness is something given to us by God, and it’s this consciousness that makes Ananda what it is.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The existence of life after death is the greatest mystery guarded by nature. No one is allowed, no matter how great a saint he might have been, to come back after death and tell the masses of people of the life-eternal.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The simple truth is: no human being can make the leap from ego-consciousness to cosmic consciousness by merely believing in that infinite consciousness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The stronger the family, spiritually speaking, the greater its attractive pull on new souls that may still be wandering in search of an identity of their own.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

All of us are products of God’s bliss. How could anyone not want—each according to his own understanding—to reclaim that bliss?

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
How to Transcend Astrological Influences

While it is not unwise to initiate worthwhile undertakings at astrologically auspicious times, anything you do with deep faith in God will blossom under better influences than you could hope to find by consulting the heavens for favorable aspects.

by Atman Goering (Spiritual Development)
How to Overcome Worry, Anger, and Fear

I had learned a valuable lesson. I realized that my worry habit reflected the mistaken notion that by thinking and fretting about the “critically important details” I had to juggle in my job, I would somehow make the situation better.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
The Most Humble God

Ages ago, Saint Bhrigu of India had a desire to find the most humble form God had ever taken. He wandered all over the Himalayan Mountains and other holy places in search of an incarnation of God he could accept as a guru.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Why the Early Christians Changed Christ’s Message

During the early years of Christianity, the importance of inner communion and a personal relationship with God were particularly emphasized by the Gnostics, a school of early Christians who were eventually suppressed.

An Interview with Nayaswami Parvati (Spiritual Development)
Embracing Change

Outward change has been a constant in my life since I was a child. My family moved seven times before I was ten years old, and four more times when I was in high school.

by Nayaswami Asha (Spiritual Development)
The Power of Forgiveness

There is no shortcut to forgiveness. Perfect self-honesty, however, will lead us eventually to the point when we can purge from our hearts the need to make someone else responsible for our suffering.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
The Love of God and Nations

The mother rejoiced after she heard how her eight sons had been saved from drowning, but with sobs cried out, “Your Excellency, my ninth son, my heart is bursting with grief for you have killed your brother.”

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Turn Enemies into Friends

Ahimsa is seen by most people as the last hope of the underdog. Yet ahimsa, rightly understood, is the “ultimate weapon” of a strong man; it turns one’s enemy into a friend, thereby banishing the possibility of further conflict.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
The Journey to Enlightenment: The Final Challenge

Truth seekers must understand that finding God is not like the supreme effort required, say, to climb Mount Everest. Finding God is the simplest, most obvious, and most supremely natural thing to do in the world!

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Keys to Spiritual Progress: A Checklist

Spiritual progress is achieved above all by desiring it intensely. Know that you are growing spiritually when your entire consciousness, no matter what your faults, is turned to God.